I made it in India just in time for Holi Festival! yeeeiii..
If you haven’t heard of this amazing event let me tell you a bit about it.
Holi is an ancient religious Hindu tradition, it is known as the spring festival or the festival of colors. It is celebrated by burning Holika, which to hindues si conidered the devil. Holi basically celebrates the death of Holika and hence the Holi Festival of spring, the birth of a saint that will bring prosperity to the country. It is usually followed by gatherings with dancing and singing. The next morning is a free-for-all carnival of colors, where participants play, chase and color each other with dry powder and colored water, with some carrying water guns and colored water-filled balloons for their water fight.
It’s a free for all color fight, and it is tradition for people to rub the color all over your face. The date of the festival changes every year because it has to happen during the vernal equinox when there is a full moon and this year it hit on my first day when volunteering in India. Lucky me! There are events throughout the world, where there are larger hindu populations but I have to say this was just an amazing experience to share with the the locals and my fellow volunteers at LeaveURmark. If you can, try to make it out to India for the event if not, LeaveURmark will help you find the most unique events to make your volunteering experience even better! Check out some videos below.
Some events will also include a rain dance party which is dedicated precisely to remove the powder and then get all powdered up once more but the powder itself will stay on your skin for 24-48 hours, once you get wet or get attacked with watercolores, the color can last up to fifteen days on your skin. :0 So it’s very funny to see people at work and walking down the street with a pink face, or blue arms, or maybe a combination of all the colors. But it’s tradition and all generations partake. Traditionally, there is one beverage called Bhang which is an intoxicant and it is the only acceptable alcoholic beverage the religion will approve of.
It was traditionally used to boost meditation and to achieve transcendental states but is mostly used for Holi festival particularly nowadays. It is prepared using a mortar and pestle, the buds and leaves of cannabis are ground into a paste and to this mixture, milk, ghee and spices are added.